Parts of Speech Overview

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The Parts of Speech

The Eight Parts of Speech Are Awesome

Every single word belongs to one of eight word groups or parts of speech.

Wow! Did you hear that? Just think about that fact for a minute.

We use thousands of words, and they can all be separated into just eight groups! 

You'll learn about all eight word groups below, and you'll transform yourself into a grammar guru.


The 8 Parts of Speech

1. Nouns

Nouns name people, places, things, or ideas.

There are many different types of nouns. Here are a few: proper nouns, common nouns, collective nouns, possessive nouns, and compound nouns.

2. Pronouns

Pronouns take the place of nouns.

Just like nouns, there are many different types of pronouns. Here are a few of them: reflexive pronouns, indefinite pronouns, possessive pronouns, and relative pronouns.

3. Verbs

Verbs show actions or states of being.

Linking verbs, action verbs, and helping verbs are described on the page above. Modals are described here, and you can learn even more about action verbs and linking verbs.

4. Adjectives

Adjectives describe, or modify, nouns and pronouns.

5. Adverbs

Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs

6. Prepositions

Prepositions show the relationship between a noun or a pronoun and some other word in the rest of the sentence.

7. Conjunctions

Conjunctions join two or more words, phrases, or clauses

8. Interjections

Interjections show excitement or emotion. They are not grammatically related to the rest of the sentence.


How Did That Go?

It's crucial that you remember these eight parts of speech and their jobs.

Everything else that has to do with grammar and writing builds on this information, so soak it all in!

Focus on remembering their names, the brief definitions given here, and a couple of examples.

Take your time and understand each of these. Knowing these eight will help you in the long-run. You can do it. I know you can.

What's that you say? You know these already? (I knew you could do it!)

It's time to continue learning!